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U.S.: Washington Voices Concerns Over Potential Use of Huawei Equipment by Middle Eastern Allies

1 MIN READSep 13, 2019 | 13:25 GMT

What Happened: The United States has voiced concerns over the possibility that its allies in the Persian Gulf region could use Huawei's 5G equipment, Reuters reported Sept. 12.

Why It Matters: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are planning to use Huawei's 5G equipment in their networks, but growing U.S. pressure could complicate their respective efforts to balance their security and economic relations with the United States and China. Washington could threaten to reduce its intelligence-sharing with nations in the region, which could prompt countries to consider higher security standards or block Huawei from their 5G infrastructures either partially or entirely.

Background: The United States has launched a global pressure campaign against Huawei, accusing the company of maintaining close ties to the Chinese government and that Beijing could use the firm's equipment for espionage purposes.

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